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Ekiti commissions mobile laboratory

Priscilla Ediare, Ado-

Government, yesterday, commissioned a to facilitate COVID-19 testing in the state.

The Molecular , which is installed at the State Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado-, is in partnership with 54gene, a company set up to provide genomic data for Africa.

This comes barely a month after the state unveiled the Ekiti State COVID-19 Response Hub, a Geographic Information System-based application created to manage data on the pandemic in the state.

The COVID-19 acquired by the state government is fully equipped with vital testing instruments and biosafety materials, including an autoclave, biosafety cabinet, centrifuge, heating blocks, vortexes, pipettes, and PCR machines to support COVID-19 testing.

54gene will also furnish the state with operational support and staffing by providing molecular scientists with the necessary skills required to handle the instruments in the laboratory.

Speaking at the commissioning, Governor Kayode Fayemi said with the installation and commissioning of the laboratory, Ekiti State now has testing capacity of up to 400 tests daily and will be conducting tests across all 16 local government areas to facilitate early detection of the coronavirus and ensure timely and adequate treatment of any infected person.

Commenting on the sustainability of the laboratory, Fayemi said the COVID-19 mobile lab will remain in the state even after the pandemic has abated and would be utilised as a fully functional molecular laboratory.

This, according to the governor, will bolster the state’s molecular testing capabilities and may be used by medical researchers and clinicians within Ekiti State in the event of any future outbreaks

The COVID-19 mobile laboratory is pioneered by 54gene, a health tech company accredited by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, which is already testing for COVID-19 in Lagos, Kano and Ogun states.

The initiative is one of the interventions being facilitated by the Ekiti State COVID-19 response resource mobilisation committee, set up by the governor, to attract effective support base to respond to the threats posed by the pandemic to citizens of Ekiti State.

Credit: Sunnewsonline

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